Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Allen, Miss Smith, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Pepechkova.
Our topic last half term was "Toys and Games". We brought in old and new toys from home and discussed and described how toys had changed over time. We found out about how remote controlled toys work and learnt how to program Beebots.
We had a Toy Story dress up day, where we painted our favourite character and made pizzas - just like the ones in Pizza Planet!
We also learnt about Chinese New Year. We worked in teams to make our own dragons, practiced writing our names in Chinese lettering and made lucky envelopes.
Our Topic for this half term is "People who help us".
We will begin our topic by learning about the fire service, and will be visited by our local fire brigade.
We will then look at the story of Burglar Bill, and discuss the work of the police.
As it is Mother's Day this half term, we will also be thinking about all of the fantastic things that our mums do to help us, and will be making some gifts to thank them for all that they do.
We will also be celebrating Pancake Day, and will use the story of Mr Wolf's pancakes as a basis for our work. We will be making our own pancakes, just like in the story - but unlike the story we will all work together and help each other to make our pancakes!
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.
Important things to remember:
PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.
Your celebrations and festivals...
If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!
Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading
Please Note: Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.
Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.
Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.
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5* Topic 5* Literacy 5* Maths
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